KIDMORE END were denied their fourth successive Division 2A victory at CHESHAM 2nds in a match
KIDMORE END were denied their fourth successive Division 2A victory at CHESHAM 2nds in a match that ebbed and flowed with both sides having a chance of winning.
After winning the toss and opting to bat, Kidmore were soon in trouble at 18-3. It took Ashby and Abid ul-Wahab to restore some semblance of safety to the Kidmore score. Ul-Wahab flicked and slapped a number of boundaries to score a rapid 22 before he was bowled by the deceptive bowling of Aslam.
Young overseas all-rounder Matt Stevens helped Ashby to rebuild the Kidmore innings as Chesham attacked through a barrage of spin bowlers.
Stevens and Ashby ran well between the wickets to take the score to 107 before Stevens was caught on the boundary after top edging a pull shot.
Pigden and Ashby then batted in tandem, Pigden drove crisply whilst Ashby punished anything loose. They put 34 runs on for the sixth wicket before Ashby was finally out for 64.
Frost took over from Ashby as the person to bat around in the remaining 10 overs. Keeper batsman A Holland took on an aggressive role striking a couple of well hit boundaries and was on his way to a hitting a third boundary when Chesham fielder J Gibbins ran nearly 20 metres, lept backwards and snatched the ball one handed from the jaws of a six. Kidmore End were bowled out for 175 in 51.1 overs.
Abid ul-Wahab opened the bowling and dismissed Turner and number and then Gibbens first ball, thanks to a catch from the well positioned Chris Pigden at short leg.
Spinning all-rounder Stevens was bowling well at the other end and he made it 22-3 after a well flighted ball deceived Clifford into a false shot that was well caught by Frost.
Kidmore were unable to fully take control of the situation and Chesham consolidated the fourth wicket put on 34, and it took the new ball and a swinging delivery from left arm swing bowler R Emmanuel to break the partnership.
Neither side managed to gain a strong advantage, middle order batsman Rance counterattacked and scored a quickfire 39.
Even though skipper Frost had removed his partner Watson for 15 Rance attacked and it took a fine catch from James Walker to dismiss the batsman. Rance top edged a short ball from ul-Wahab and the ball went into the air and came down where Walker held it just inches from the ground.
The last 15 overs were all about Kidmore trying to bowl Chesham out. J Sheldon applied the pressure, bowling well and moving the ball both ways and picked up two wickets but it was not enough and Chesham held out for the draw.
Waldron, c J Turner, b Anderson
J Sheldon, c C Turner, b Clifford
Harvey, lbw, b J Anderson
Ashby, c E Turner, b Gibbins
A ul Wahab, b Aslam
Stevens, c G Rance, b S Rance
Pigden, lbw, b Aslam
Frost, not out
Holland, c Gibbins, b Anderson
Walker, st Turner, b Anderson
Emmanuel, b Aslam
Best bowling: J Anderson 4-25, Aslam 3-50.
P Clifford, c Frost, b Sevens
Turner, b ul-Wahab
J Gibbins, c Pigden, b ul-Wahab
J Swayne, b Emmanuel
Watson, lbw, b Frost
G Rance, c Walker, b ul-Wahab
Wainwright, c Holland, b Sheldon
C Turner, c Ashby, b Sheldon
J Anderson, not out
Aslam, not out
TOTAL (8 wkts)
Best bowling: Ul-Wahab 3-28, J Sheldon 2-15.
Tom Oldershaw top scored for HENLEY 2nds as they gained a Division 2B draw away to BAGSHOT.
The hosts won the toss and put Henley into bat first where the visitors were all out for 263, Oldershaw hitting 82. In reply Bagshot held out at 247-6 from their allotted overs.
WARGRAVE continue to search for their first win of the season after they went down to defeat at home to HIGH WYCOMBE 2nds.
Visitors Wycombe won the toss and put the hosts into bat first and dismissed them for 230 with Ricky Kniveton top scoring with 63.
In reply High Wycombe hit 231-5 off 47.4 overs to take the honours.
HENLEY 3rds crashed to defeat at home to STOKE GREEN 2nds in Division 4B. Having won the toss and electing to bat first at Nettlebed, Henley were dismissed for 139. In reply Stoke Green reached their target from 32.1 overs, finishing on 142-7.
An undefeated century from Smith was not enough for HENLEY 4ths as they lost out away to TRING PARK 3rds. Smith hit 120 not out as Henley, who had won the toss, put on 225-7 off their allotted overs. In reply Tring Park eased to 226-2 to win the match.
WARGRAVE 2nds piled on the runs against CHISWICK AND WHITTON 3rds in Division 6B but were ultimately denied victory by the hosts’ tailenders.
F Shamzi (62), J Colbourne (56) and A Hanz (55) were among the runs as Wargrave put on 330-8 from their innings.
In reply Chiswick and Whitton were never in the race to win the match and held out on 165-9 to claim a draw. KIDMORE END 2nds suffered a narrow one-wicket defeat to fellow Division 7B championship title chasers EASTCOTE 4ths at Gallowstree Common.
The hosts won the toss and decided to bat first but a good opening spell from Eastcote veteran medium pacer Ollie Harvey reduced Kidmore to 25-4. It took a 50 partnership between Will Patey, who was stumped, and Aaron Frank, who was dismissed with the score on 78, to put the hosts on 78-6.
Kidmore rallied as the lower order featured several good partnerships firstly between Ryan Latter and Joe Webster who put on 21 before Webster’s dismissal.
Latter was next out for 39 but not before he added 29 with Ryan Corbett. Kidmore’s last pairing of Ryan Corbett and Assad Ul Haq played a good hand as they added 43 for the last wicket with Corbett making 33 in the process until he was the last man out. This left Kidmore 169 all out.
The Eastcote reply started positively despite the loss of an early wicket. Captain Will Bramble made a fluent 33 before Ryan Latter bowled a fine delivery which hit the top of the bat and he was well held by wicket-keeper Ryan Corbett.
Eastcote continued to chip away at the Kidmore total and Latter was now into a good rhythm and kept taking wickets at crucial moments as he bowled a good line and length. Joe Webster and Assad Ul Haq also lent their support to Latter, Ul Haq took the crucial wicket of Broom as he was well held at mid on by Webster which left the game much in the balance.
Ryan Corbett put in a good performance behind the stumps taking three catches but Kidmore eventually lost out by one wicket as Rohan hit a winning boundary with the scores level on 169.
KIDMORE END 2nds
M New, c Broom, b O Harvey
D New, c Broom, b O Harvey
C L-Smith, c Summerfield, b S Harvey
W Patey, st Broom, b S Harvey
M Dixon, lbw, b O Harvey
A Frank, b S Harvey
R Latter, st Broom, b Summerfield
J Webster, b Rohan
R Corbett, b Rohan
E Waldron, c Broom, b Summerfield
A Ul Haq, not out
L Ede, b Latter
H Summerfield, b Latter
W Bramble, c Corbett, b Latter
H Broom, c Webster, b Ul Haq
W Gordon, b Latter
V Hirani, c Corbett, b Webster
O Harvey, c Corbett, b Latter
J Hissy, b Latter
Rohan, not out
S Harvey, b Latter
A Joshi, not out
TOTAL (9 wkts)
Best bowling: R Latter 7-79.
WARGRAVE 3rds remain in second place in Division 9A after winning away at DATCHET CRANBOURNE 2nds.
The hosts batted first and put on 152 with Wargrave hitting 153-9 in reply.
KIDMORE END 3rds picked up maximum points as they defeated visitors COVE 5ths.
Having won the toss and electing to bat first Kidmore End put on 188 with N Rajmohan top scoring with 61. In reply Cove 5ths were bowled out for 172.